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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: BJP belittling the ECI says Congress

By Vicky

The Congress is likely to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission about not announcing a date for the Gujarat Assembly Election 2017.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that within 10 minutes of the Election Commission announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections, the Gujarat government announced sops worth hundreds of crores.

The Gujarat government on Thursday declared a slew of sops aimed at wooing agitating Patidars, the Valmiki community, lakhs of government employees and the powerful builder lobby. Why was it in such a tearing hurry, he asked.

He also said that anticipating the announcement of the election date for Gujarat and the consequent enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct, the BJP ruled Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation advanced its standing committee meeting by an hour and half to clear proposals estimated at Rs 530 crore.

The frenzied, desperate and last-minute attempt by the BJP to force this change so as to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi announce various sops like a Santa Claus in Gujarat on October 16; this speaks volumes about how the BJP is staring at a complete decimation in Gujarat, Singhvi also said.

He also said that the BJP is trying its best to influence the functioning of the Election Commission of India. Just like it belittled the authority of the RBI, the judiciary and other important institutions, it is trying to pressurise the ECI, the Congress spokesperson also alleged.

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